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How to Find and Kill All Zombie Processes

On Unix operating systems, a zombie process or defunct process is a process that has completed execution but still has an entry in the process table, allowing the process that started it to read its exit status. It almost always means that the parent is still around. If the parent exited, the child would be orphaned and re-parented to init, …

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cPanel AWStats is Not Updating Automatically

AWStats is one of the most commonly using cPanel tool to analyse website traffic summary. You can analyse a lot of things from here like Number of visits, Pages, Hits, Bandwidth etc. In some strange situations, you may get this problem with AWStats, it’s not updating automatically. There are a lot of reasons behind this problem including file permission. Here I’m …

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How to install System Integrity Monitor (SIM) Cpanel

Description: SIM is a system and services monitor for ‘SysVinit’ systems. It is designed to be intuitive and modular in nature, and to provide a clean and informative status system. It does this by consistently verifying that services are online, load averages are in check, and log files are at reasonable sizes. Many other SIM modules sport different and in-depth …

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CVE-2014-6271 – Critical BASH vulnerability discovered (Shellshock)

Critical BASH vulnerability discovered – update BASH on your CentOS Linux server!!! ## Shellshock vulnerability ## Summary >> A critical code execution vulnerability (Remote) affecting bash (Unix shell) has been discovered on September 24, 2014. >> The vulnerability occurs because bash does not stop after processing the function definition; it continues to parse and execute shell commands following the function …

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Running PPTP VPN with CSF firewall

Most of the time pptp vpn doesnt work with csf firewall. Here is the guide to make it working. 1) type the following command: nano /etc/csf/csfpre.sh 2) Put the following into the file: iptables -A INPUT -i venet0 -p tcp --dport 1723 -j ACCEPT iptables -A INPUT -i venet0 -p gre -j ACCEPT iptables -A OUTPUT -p gre -j ACCEPT …

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CentOS Linux install and configure NTP to synchronize the system clock

Q. How do I install and configure NTP under CentOS Linux 5 server to synchronize the system clock? A. You can easily install NTP (Network Time Protocol, a means of transmitting time signals over a computer network) using yum command under Redhat or CentOS/Fedora core Linux. Procedure Login as the root user Type the following command to install ntp # …

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cPanel: Apache + PHP FastCGI Data Timeout Error

If you are run on cPanel server and have FastCGI enabled in Apache, you might facing following error which caused your website hang or prompting ’500 Internal Server Error’ message. When checking into/etc/httpd/log/error_log, you will see something similar as below: [warn] .. mod_fcgid: read data timeout in 40 seconds, ... [error] .. Premature end of script headers: index.php ... This …

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